Wednesday, April 30, 2014

My Rock Star


This girl... I was putting her to bed when this happened.

Before the recording started, she was saying, "Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls...Miranda is going to sing..."

Love her take on this classic. And the way she musses up the lyrics with so much laughter.

This.Is.Heaven. For me.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Queen of Hearts





Over the weekend, we attended our niece's 4th birthday party. It had an Alice in Wonderland theme and I decided to dress Miranda as the Queen of Hearts. 

I was playing with the idea of the Mad Hatter or Tweedledum/ Tweedledee but Miranda already had a top-hat outfit for her detective costume for Halloween last year and she wouldn't stick with someone long enough to go with the other. So Queen of Hearts it was. I had no idea a make-up artist had been hired so it was a bonus to get her face painted. Though I have to say, when she let Miranda see her reflection at the end of it, she looked confused and not very happy. 

She soon got used to it (maybe cos she wasn't staring at herself) and didn't really want to take it off at the end of the day. My little one has discovered lipstick for real and it's a rare Sunday that she doesn't try to kiss the lipstick off me for herself.

Crown: handmade, Cape: handmade, Tights: H&M, Skirt: Bardot Jr (old), Felt heart on top: Spotlight 
All handmade materials from Spotlight

Monday, April 28, 2014

Bump Talk

Week 20

Favourite food: Peanut butter on soy and linseed toast

Weight gain: 0

Annoying symptoms: Can't wait for it to go away is all I can say.


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Miranda Cherie - 2 years 7 months


Slowly, your age is showing. While the tantrums are few and far between for now, you can be stubborn and easily crank out the tears. Wonder where you got that from? Hah.

These days, you are equal parts serious and witty, independent and clingy. You have an opinion and an explanation for everything. You tell short stories and sing all these new songs - you have even learned to sing the little Kristang song I have been singing to you since you were a baby. There is not a bone in my body that believes you have to go to school for all that. Obviously you thrive at home too, with the right guidance from all at home and especially the immense love from your Grandpa. You adore him and miss him when he leaves but you're a typical girl - playing hard to get when he's around. Your antics do not go unnoticed by those in Singapore. They wait impatiently for videos of your talkative, mischievous self. How proud they are of the little being that you have become.

We love everything about you. We love you so much.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Baby Fever

boy or girl

When I was pregnant the first time, I hardly did any shopping except for the necessities. It was partly being practical and the other part was honestly that I didn't really know where to look. Nothing seemed good enough so I really appreciated all the gifts showered upon Miranda. I also felt like I needed to know how my baby looked like before I could dress her.

Although I still feel like I need to see my baby first in order to dress him/ her, I have put several items on wishlists on my favorite clothing sites wherever possible. The first row are clothes from Cotton On Kids - I think they have cute and trendy, affordable clothing as do H & M on the second row. I mean, look at those two pairs of pants on the left. It's screaming at me to get them already. And lastly, one never really goes wrong with Seed (third row). 

Can't get enough of baby fashion haha!

Mirandantics

Miranda's very much into role-playing now. If she's Peppa Pig, I get to be Mummy Pig and Dwayne is Daddy Pig. If she's a princess/ fairy, I am Queen and Dwayne is King.

This morning, she got up and asked for a secret as usual. Then she said, "Daisy, what your favorite fruits are?" So we went through the list, then I told her I needed to go and have my shower so I could go to work. She said, "Just cuddle me for a while, Daisy. Please don't shower. Please don't go to work." She's been doing this for a few weeks now, always sad that we have to go to work, unlike before when she just accepted it. So I had to toughen myself up and simply said, "Why don't you cuddle Daddy?"

Still in her role-play, she said, "Wakey wakey, Mickey!"

By the way, she's Minnie and my father-in-law is Donald. I do realize the whole relationship thing is quite wrong!

Roomy Matters

Miranda only really came into toys when she turned 2. Before then, she would do most anything and it did not have to involve toys. Without a doubt, her favorite thing to do now is, "Mommy/ Daddy, can we please go play toys in Miranda's room for five minutes?" Never mind that it's never just five minutes. She just longs to be there all the time. And if she's out with us, she worries that her "friends" have had nothing to eat and no one to put them to sleep.

(As much as I don't want to take that away from her, I have to admit a little disappointment - Last night, after her initial excitement upon receiving a new 100-piece puzzle, she quickly lost interest claiming it's "too hard" and wanted to go play with her toys. Before, she would have stuck to that puzzle till kingdom come and get it done before she allowed herself to move on. But such is growing up!)

At the moment, with only a few weeks to go before we find out the gender, I've been thinking up of ways to decorate and spruce up Miranda's little haven-cum-nursery. They will be sharing a room, a whole room full of Miranda's toys at the moment, so I have been mentally preparing the move of some toys and also the "death" of some of them. It depends a lot on whether we are going to have a boy or a girl.

We've never ever considered not knowing the gender of both our babies but you'd be surprised at how equal the numbers are on those who want to know versus those who don't. And for those who don't, they just cannot understand why we would "not want to keep it a surprise." Similarly, I cannot imagine why they would! It's already a big mystery for at least half of the pregnancy, anyway and there is no question that we will love the child the same regardless of gender. 

The biggest reason for me, really, is that I cannot stand not planning - I need to know what color to paint the walls, what color the bedding should be, what kind of wall art I can put up and also, whether I can keep the pink and white kitchen in the room should this little one be a boy. (I really did try to get a neutral colored kitchen that came with everything.)

I love these bedding from Adairs (top) and Country Road (bottom) for Miranda's new single bed (which we haven't got - yes, because I'm fussy.) They are very different but equally adorable. I'm also considering a very light mint or a very light grey wall now to match the curtains and carpet. Of course, we have to find something to match for the little one too.





It's all quite challenging with the limited space but let's see if we can make the most out of it and have both of them enjoy the new room anyway.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Bump Talk

Week 19

Favourite food: Rockmelon. And omg, french fries from McDonald's. Again...

Weight gain: 0

Annoying symptoms: Something I can't even say. Though it did happen when I was pregnant with Miranda too. Ugggh.

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I have been feeling movements since Week 17 but last Thursday I got Dwayne to feel it and small though the bump may be, he definitely felt it too. 

And that is definitely the best part. 

Easter

While I was still battling the nausea in my first trimester, my husband raised his hand and volunteered to host his family for Easter lunch this year. Though I love throwing parties, I was nowhere in the space of mind to be thinking up menus and activities for the kids at the time so I really wasn't looking forward to it.

At the back of my mind, and as much as I didn't want it, I knew there would have to be a roast leg of lamb. 

So I left the menu to the very last minute. I am talking about on the way to the market kinda last minute. I just decided to accompany the lamb with some asparagus, honey glazed dutch carrots and cajun potatoes. A fruity salad of mandarins, granny smiths, diced beetroot and heirloom tomatoes on rocket on the side and we were done. I did decide to make a big pot of cauliflower soup too - which was more for me because of the homemade brioche that I was going to make from scratch as well. I made a salted caramel buttercream frosted rainbow layered cake (when you have a 2.5 year old who adores rainbows...) to top it all off.

Last minute but not too sloppy. No, no, no...

Dwayne also made me extremely proud by making a cob loaf (sooo good!) and a trifle all by himself. In the end, there was more than enough food for 14 of us, kids inclusive.

The kids had a lovely time "hunting" for eggs. The weather co-operated for the first half of the day and we managed to clean up and relax by 8 - Miranda was fast asleep by then too since she didn't get her afternoon nap.


Easter basket of treats for our guests.


My Miranda Cherie, looking so pretty in her sweet dress. 

She insists on wearing boots every time she's in the garden.



My love. See those orange napkins all rolled up to look like carrots? 

Of his own initiative?! Yes!!


Easter cake. I had so much hope for a proper "nest" look but I just ran out of time. That will teach me to frost just before guests arrive (though I always do it - what is wrong with me?).


My brioche. Sooo happy with how it turned out.


We look so tired here, it's not even funny.


With the lovely Adalina, who's really my mother-in-law's cousin but has turned out to be another much needed Singaporean girlfriend for me instead.


The Do Re Mi picture. Kelly is wearing heels but Adalina is pretty tall (just have to clarify that I'm not THAT short hahaha.)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bump Talk

For the past two weeks, I have been wondering how much more my body is going to change after our second baby.

I don't mind wider hips and slightly saggier boobs but the worst thing about breastfeeding, though I have to stress that I don't regret it, is that one boob is obviously smaller than the other. Perhaps a whole cup size. 

There are minimal stretchmarks just below my belly button that I don't mind so much. I used Palmer's cocoa body butter the first time because Bio-Oil gave me a crazy itch every time it was applied. But I guess the body butter wasn't 100% effective.

This time, being older and all that jazz, I have decided to amp up the maintenance a bit. My friend E had told me about the wonders of the Clarins body tonic oil she used during her pregnancy - total of zero stretch marks for her. 

We were walking around the mall the other day when I mentioned it to D. We made an enquiry about the tonic oil which was retailing at $62. As it turned out though, they were also selling gift packs, which included the tonic oil, scrub and shower gel for $70. D bought it.



What a steal.

The best part is that it smells so, insanely good and even though I initially thought I'd alternate it with the body butter to let it go the distance of the pregnancy, I have found myself using every product, EVERY morning. Too good to resist. :)

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Week 18

Favourite food: Wholegrain bread with taramasalata dip

Weight gain: 0

Annoying symptoms: None. At the moment.




Sunday, April 13, 2014

That Time We Got Owned

We were in church and Miranda was coloring in her Easter book with a dark purple colored pencil. Without looking up, she said, "Can you pass me another colored pencil, Mommy?" I handed it to her and said, "Here. How about this? It's also purple." She looked at it and frowned. "That not purple, Mommy. That lilac."

=_=

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Doing Simon Says before bedtime. Miranda was giving out her usual Simon Says instructions. Then she went, "Simon Says touch your hair." 

Split second later... "Oh, you got no hair, Daddy."

=_=

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Miranda Cherie A/W

A/W


A few things I have my eye on for Miranda this Autumn/ Winter. Can't believe how she's outgrown those shoes I kept thinking were too big just a few months ago. Most of her leggings are now way above the ankles. But of course, there's always room for one more warm jacket and that way-too-cute lovehearts raincoat!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Bump Talk

Week 17

Favourite food: Guacamole, beetroot and tomatoes on buttered white bread & Subway seafood melts with lettuce, jalapenos and red onions, longans

Weight gain: 0

Annoying symptoms: None. At the moment.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Mirandantics

I shelled out some longans and was asking Miranda to try some. She flat out refused.

After about 5 minutes, she turned to see me eating them and said, "Mommy, I don't like long ones."

Me: They are not long ones. They are longans. And you don't know if you don't like them, you haven't tried them. You have to at least try them once. Here.

She shook her head. And then after a while..

Miranda: Ok Mommy. But I still love you forever and ever ok?

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My mother-in-law made Miranda some breakfast last week and I asked her to have it.

Miranda: Hey, what's the big idea?

I was stumped! Where in the world did she learn that from? I spent my whole train ride thinking about it and it finally dawned on me that the line is from one of the Mo Willems' pigeon series books.

When I went home, I got her to say it again. Too cute. Though yes, a bit naughty too.

Here's the clip:



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Miranda is very much into pirates. She likes to roll up paper and pretend that it's a telescope. These days, she's even started to draw out her own maps!

The other day, she came to me with a paper on which lots of squiggly lines were drawn.

She pointed to the paper and said, "Mommy, look! X marks the spot! We need find treasure!"

I was so blown away that I just replied with, "Aye aye Captain!"

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Oh my goodness, I love her so much.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Mirandantics

Miranda figured out something on the iPad and my father-in-law praised her, "Wow my little darling is so clever!"

She replied coolly, "Yea, I expert."

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I was watching TV and she was trying to get my attention. After the exciting part had passed, I noticed her hand was not waving in front of my face. She looked at me and I said, "What is it sweetheart?" She shook her head and said, "That's terrible!" I felt so bad and said, "Ohh, come on, I'm sorry. What is it?" She folded her arms and then went into a corner and covered her eyes, shaking her head and said, "No, that's just terrible!"

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Dwayne was tickling her at the supermarket checkout. She laughed at first but then said, "Daddy, you so silly." The checkout girl said, "Awww is Daddy being silly, always tickling you?" So Dwayne cheekily said to Miranda, "YOU are being silly!" Miranda was shocked at the mere suggestion and she said indignantly, "Miranda not silly! Miranda is beautiful!"

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Me: Miranda can you tidy up your room?
Miranda: No.... I don't want to, Mommy! I want it to be a messy mess!

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In case you guys think she is a little diva.... well, she is. But she is also a very lovable, generous and sweet girl. It's just that all little girls grow up to be a little bossy haha.

Torquay & Geelong




Can't get over how long her legs look here. Big girl ;/


Dwayne perched Miranda up and suddenly, everyone wanted to take a picture with her haha.










Mother-in-law's 65th birthday dinner


I had Oysters Kilpatrick. Ssshhh.


In this picture, you can see Talia behind my mother-in-law's chair. She was extremely unhappy Miranda blew out the candle so we had to sing the birthday song again.


Eastern Beach @ Geelong. What a lovely place. There was a playground right by the sea!




Madonna with the spiralled spuds.

Lately..

It's been pretty good the past few days. I have had no nausea and hardly any abdominal pain. I hope that has gone away forever. 

Since it's taken a hike and left me alone for a while, I've dared to dream a little. I'm signing up for some yoga/ pilates today at a sports centre close to home. While I sorely miss running, I'm too afraid to bring on post-natal pelvic instability yet again so I might as well be sensible about it.

We went for a little getaway to Torquay last weekend with Dwayne's family. It was mostly quite relaxing. They had an indoor lap pool and since I went really early in the morning, we had it all to ourselves (one day, it was my mother-in-law and the next day, my sister-in-law). I loved it.  It was just enough to get the heart rate up a little and feel my muscles work again.

Miranda had a great time with her cousins, making full use of the outdoor pool, even in spite of the dismal weather the first day. They danced, entertained us with their kiddy antics and had their usual fights. Although, it's really funny that Miranda was not aware that she had offended Talia any of those times. Hahaha.

Dwayne even managed to get a massage in, which I think makes him a super happy camper.

I finished a book too - The Fault in Our Stars. I bought it because everyone was reading it suddenly. It appeared on Facebook statuses and Instagram posts. People were raving, some even lamenting on and on, about how sad it was and how they'd take a while to recover from the book. 

Uhm, sorry, I didn't get it. It's a good enough book, a lot of witty repartee between the main characters. But I thought it was a bit far-fetched somehow. Though I have to say that I was really feeling it for the mother during the whole book. Health is something I don't take for granted with my child/ children. I don't know how strong I'd be if my kids were sick.

Anyway, it was a good weekend away - some quality time with the family. It left us more exhausted than when we left though, since we had to carry on with chores as soon as we got home. Ironing, laundry from the trip, vacuuming, changing the sheets.... sigh.

I'm going to make sure we take it really easy this weekend. Maybe throw in some swimming though hah!